Car bomb threat shuts down Plaza de Armas

Living in Peru
Jobana Soto

Sunday marked the final day of the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit but security was up in arms on a possible threat to Lima’s Plaza de Armas.

A car bomb threat was announced early Sunday morning that lead Peruvian police officials to block off surrounding areas of Plaza de Armas. Tourists expecting to spend the day at local shops and taking pictures of the main square were disappointed when police had to block off the area.

Even tour agencies couldn’t get through the barricades, blocking various buses, including the popular service to San Cristóbal, museums and the central Cathedral, where many Peruvians were waiting to attend Sunday mass.

In previous days, unidentified suspects robbed three official vehicles and one ambulance which could have been used as a possible car-bomb. After investigations, officials later concluded that the car bomb threat was a false alarm.